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Article 22

What is Article 22?

Efforts are underway to amend the Constitution to include the right to “reproductive autonomy.”

Article 22 or Proposal 5 which it is also known by says: 

Article 22. [Personal reproductive liberty] That an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course and shall not be denied or infringed unless justified by a compelling State interest achieved by the least restrictive means.


What does this mean?

The proposed amendment includes: 

  • Guaranteed unregulated late-term abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy up to the day of birth.
  •  The removal of “conscience protection” for healthcare workers, meaning more doctors and nurses would avoid working in Vermont, creating more staffing shortages.
  •  Elimination of parental rights concerning children’s sexual and gender related choices.

Vermont Election Novena


Join us in praying for the defeat of Proposal 5 / Article 22.


The word “novena” comes from the Latin word for nine (“novem”). Typically, a novena refers to

nine successive days of prayer, asking God for a specific intention. A novena often invokes a

saint’s intercession. Novenas also often begin or end on days of importance either in the Church

or within wider society. Novenas are ancient devotions that help us become more intentional and

persistent in prayer.




Currently, we stand on the cusp of another significant point in reproductive healthcare with Article 22, that espouses “personal reproductive liberty.” Read the full article here.

Called to be consistently pro-life

We need to be consistent regarding fundamental values at every age and stage of life. From the child in the womb to the homeless, to the mentally ill, to the prisoner to the terminally ill — all have value and dignity. It is our duty as Christians to see Christ in them all. Read the full article here.

Injustice in Vermont’s Proposal 5

The measure, Proposal 5, would amend the Vermont Constitution to create the right to “reproductive autonomy.” Surprisingly, this troublesome amendment really is a two-edged sword. Read the full article here.

Bishop Coyne’s statement on Proposal 5

The Catholic Church stands for the protection of all life from the moment of conception until natural death. The truth is that all human life is sacred. Read Bishop Coyne’s full statement here. 

In his homily at the Mass for Life, Bishop Coyne discussesd Proposal 5 and the dangers of it. 

Digital Media Manager Alayna Masker and Bishop Coyne sat down to talk about Proposal 5 and what it means for Vermonters. 

What is Proposal 5 and why is it so bad? Bishop Coyne and State experts answer these questions and more in this informative webinar.